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Show that the "green" effort isn't all hot air

Original post made by Friend of the Birds, Menlo Park: University Heights, on Jun 26, 2007

Connoisseur's Marketplace is right around the corner, and you can bet businesses and other booth-keepers are busy renting their helium machines for the balloons they'll be giving away that weekend. Isn't it time we recognize that while the balloons might be good for the businesses wanting to keep their logos before the public eye, they are NOT good for birds and other wildlife.

I invite Mayor Fergusson and her green ribbon committee to appeal to booth-keepers at this year's marketplace to find an alternative -- a green alternative -- to balloons, which often are, within minutes or seconds, accidentally released by those little hands so eager to grab them. I for one don't need to see one more balloon floating away to who-knows-where. And into who-knows-which innocent creature's belly.


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Posted by CM
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 28, 2007 at 2:49 pm

I agree: balloons are fun, but if you've hiked in the hills, around the Bay, or even walked in your own garden, you have undoubtedly found tangles of ribbons and parts of balloons. Mylar balloons in particular don't break apart.

If we can develop decay-able bags and containers, can we develop balloon material that will decay where it falls?

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Posted by Robert
a resident of another community
on Jun 29, 2007 at 9:54 am

A green alternative to balloons? Give me a break. How about a green alternative to your lavish houses and 100k cars?

Yeah, thought so . . .